The stars & # 39; Long Shot & # 39; are Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen and Ravi Patel

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A graduate of Myers Park High School, Ravi Patel is in the movie "Long Shot"

Charlottean Ravi Patel is in the May 2019 movie "Long Shot" with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen.

Charlottean Ravi Patel is in the May 2019 movie "Long Shot" with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen.

When we last saw Ravi Patel four years ago, he was looking for love in the "Meet the Patels" documentary. The found soon after, marrying the actress Mahaley Hessam and father of a daughter named Amelie.

Now he should look for a clone.

The graduate of Myers Park High School, whose parents live in Ballantyne, has his high-profile screen show in "Long Shot", playing an adviser to presidential candidate Charlize Theron. She is in the TV series "American Housewife" and has roles in three upcoming films: "Emmett", "Butter" and "Wonder Woman 1984", of which she is a mother until her opening in June 2020: "(Warner Brothers) really he doesn't want you to say something in advance. "

Meanwhile, he is preparing an Indian series of Netflix on cabaret, developing a series of CNN trips and contributing to the management of This Bar Saves Lives, which sends a package of food – a peanut paste full of vitamins and nutrients to cure the malnutrition – to disadvantaged children whenever someone buys a snack bar. (The website reports that 11 million packages have been given away.)

It doesn't seem ironic when he says "I'm getting a lot more strict about my time because I want to spend more with my wife and child. I generally don't work more than 10 or 12 hours a day." It seems like, in a short break from work , invented a 30-hour day.

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Ravi Patel (left) is Charlize Theron's key consultant on Long Shot, a romantic comedy with Theron and Seth Rogen. Patel is depicted here in a scene with June Diane Raphael, Rogen and Theron (from left to right).

Philippe Bossé

Courtesy of Lionsgate

Surprised by success

Patel was busy before he and his sister Geeta co-directed "Meet the Patels", a kindly comic look at Vasant and Champa Patel's attempts to find an Indian bride for their thirty-year-old son.

He had already become a craft actor, after earning a degree in economics and international studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, working briefly as an investment banker and starting the poker magazine All In. He had gotten small roles in movies (" Transformers "," Hotel California ") and recurrent parts in TV series:" Extra Money "," Past Life "," The New Normal ".

But that documentary gave his ironic and interchangeable personality a higher profile. At 40, life has become so hectic that almost all the phone calls from her car, and her answering machine says "I rarely check my voicemail". (Vasant says: "He never checks them.

Unsurprisingly, our telephone interview vanishes as he enters and exits traffic, entrances and elevators, which must be briefly interrupted and ends with him saying, "Call me back if necessary. I don't care about the phone tag." the interruptions, it sounds cheerful, calm and slightly surprised by its success.

Many things have fallen into his knees lately, occasionally without apparent effort.

Patty Jenkins directed it in "Five", an anthological film for Lifetime in 2011; is in charge of the "Wonder Woman" series, he remembers him and "he contacted me. I was chosen before I knew what the role was. I would work with her on anything, but & # 39; Wonder Woman & # 39; is a child's play. "

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Ravi Patel (far left) appears in Long Shot, a romantic comedy with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. Patel is depicted here in a scene with O & # 39; shea Jackson Jr., (center) and Tristan D. Lalla (right).

Philippe Bossé

Courtesy of Lionsgate

Long shot

"Long Shot" arrived almost as easily: "I don't do auditions at this point. Not that I'm offered a million things, but I'm so busy producing and doing unencoded things and having the granola bar company.

"I didn't want to go, because I had another meeting and that day I didn't go very well. I didn't prepare and improvise a lot, because I didn't know the words that my character should have said. I went in and out and thought," Whatever. " a couple of weeks later, I was told that I was the first cast for the first time since Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron. We spent three and a half months shooting in Montreal and Colombia, and it was a good concert in the end. "

Meanwhile, Starbucks has signed a contract to sell this life saving bar in every store, exposing the snacks in the same place for easy visual access. Patel founded that company with actors Kristen Bell, Ryan Devlin and Todd Grinnell six years ago.

"This is the most important moment in the growth of the company, with other big customers in line," he says. "I spent two and a half months in the office every day, because we have a new CEO and there are many small details for the transition. My philosophy in general is to work with smart people, so remove me from the process."

In the works

His Indian roots led him to the still untitled Netflix show, now written about a young female comedian who will be shot at the end of the year. Patel claims that the Indian stand-up circuit was active for maybe 12 years: "It's as if the hip-hip underground scene was in the United States in the 80's, a trendy place but also a platform for voices emerging. "

Meanwhile, he embarks on a series of CNN journeys describing how "Meet the Patels" meets "Parts Unknown" (the Emmy-winning hit with the late Anthony Bourdain). It will be uplifting and fun and explore cultures around the world. In each episode, I will travel with someone I love and ask a question that reveals something about life. It will be a comedy of friends that creates the cultural voyeurism that these shows do well and that works in some philosophy ".

About someone you love … it's not Indian, right? How did it end with the Patels?

"We met in the period when the documentary was on the festival circuit in 2014, and my parents took it immediately. She is half white and half Afghan, just a loving, family-oriented and loving person. When we had Amelie (who is now 3), they became obsessed with their granddaughter, we too are obsessed with her.

"My wife's mother and my mother are great personalities, always multitasking and helping a million people. They have created a granddaughter who is a combination of them. She gets up in the morning and goes out, and she is commanding people around "Actually, I have a tiring situation at home."

This story is part of an Observer subscription project with the Thrive Campaign for the arts, supporting artistic journalism in Charlotte.

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